What is the New Normal

By Mark Antony Rossi

What is the new normal for places that have endured three months of isolation, evacuation and expiration. The corona virus is still ravaging through India, parts of Northern China and South America.

For a hyper financial, Uber freedom zone like America the new normal might mean carrying hand sanitizer to every location you travel to and fro. It might mean inspecting and disinfecting any foreign surface for the next calendar year. It might mean taking annual flu shots seriously instead of blowing them off like an annoyance. It might mean continuing the measures of social distance into the foreseeable future.

For those countries still dealing with this virus I say this: encourage as much cooperation and neighborly manner as possibly in your society. There’s nothing worse than allowing a microscopic enemy the power to induce paranoia and increase fear. As with any historic plague an acute attention to hygiene and physical contact makes a world of difference in reducing the spread and containing the damage.

What will be your new normal. Perhaps similar to America in where stockpiling emergency masks and supplies are now critical priorities going forward. And where the supervision of the elders among us is to be taken with the utmost care lest we have a situation like Italy where thousands of senior citizens have died before their time.

Many ask can we crave out some positive lessons from this crisis. I say not mainly because emergency preparation is that: emergency preparation. You either make it a priority or not. Humans are lousy learning lessons from history. We have had plagues, pandemics, viruses, new diseases and more and still we appear unprepared as a naked baby pulled from its mother at birth.

What is the new normal. My hopes and prayers revolve around nations communicating with each other quickly and honestly about outbreaks, strange occurrences and local epidemics in order to learn from each other and help one another. The greatest threat to any virus is a humanity working in concert to defeat it.

About the Author: Mark Antony Rossi is a poet, playwright and author of the bioethics volume “Dark Tech” now available from Amazon. His most recent plays have been produced in Liverpool and New York. He also hosts a podcast called Strength to be Human.

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